3 Things SassyBlack Knows For Sure About Herself
There's a deep rooted philosophy in the music SassyBlack makes. The 30-year-old Afrofuturist combines spirituality and everyday scenarios into her words and sound, making for ethereally rich music. Think Kelela meets Erykah Badu.
But she's her own person, and her second solo album —since departing her group THEESatisfaction— is named New Black Swing signaling a confidence in her sound and beliefs. Based in Seattle we wanted to know about her underground presence, dating and love of music.
1. Which art form is the most organic for you to practice? How do you balance all your passions?
Music; specifically songwriting is my heart. It comes easiest to me because I am of storytellers. My parents have weaved this illustrious life and I am inspired to share my story because of it. All of my passions are extensions of me. It's as if I'm a tree and they are all branches, so I work to make sure to tend to each one and ensure their growth. Also I recognize when it's time to prune.
2. Having turned 30 last year, what are three things you know for sure about yourself?
I know that I am intelligent, clever and sweet. And I own it.
3. How did you get into Afrofuturism? Do you see it projected in real life in any way?
I am a sci-fi child. I am of space and time and the Universe. Afrofuturism discovered me, it's a new term to describe an existence in order to clarify a community's purpose for a new generation. It is life, it is real. It's the Pyramids and it's Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. It's the combination of culture, folk-lore & survival.
4. In light of your latest album "No More Weak Dates": How do you know if someone's courting you for genuine reasons? Do you keep people around that vet dating prospects?
It can be hard to tell but I think about how my soul feels when I'm with the person and go with that feeling. Not my lust, but I let my soul and my mind chat to get the real deal. I do keep a few folks around if the energy is right but it's a balance with no intention to confuse and hurt folks.
5. How do you approach those paradigms that suggest you should speak for an entire group?
There's no way anyone can speak for everyone, so I work hard to express myself while encouraging others to do the same. It's a ridiculous expectation for someone to have of me unless they vote into the White House, and even then I wouldn't be able to speak for everyone I would be expected to represent due to the vast and diverse world we live in.
6. When was the first time you realized you were Black?
As a child growing up in Hawaii and I didn't look like most of the people around me. It's been a blessing and something I adore.